Starbucks Reserve Roastery – A Mega-Starbucks in Tokyo
Are you a lover of coffee and all things Starbucks? Traveling to Japan’s capital soon? You can combine both and visit the largest Starbucks in the world in Shibuya, Tokyo. Four floors of coffee and roastery experience. This Starbucks is like none other and a must visit if you come to the big city. With its 32,000 square feet, it even exceeds the Roastery in Shanghai.
This Starbucks is not like your usual coffee shop. Next to coffee and tea, it also serves cream sodas and even alcoholic beverages. A bakery that offers fresh bread and other baked goods completes the huge selection of drinks.
Entering the Roastery, the room opens up to 4 floors. The eye catcher above the front door is a huge copper cask that is decorated with copper sakura flowers, as well as big copper-clad roasters that connect over two floors. The center of the first floor features the stylish bar where you can order coffee and snacks for your stay. The design of the building is truly amazing and agrees with Starbucks new minimalist copper look.
Try the Exotic Drinks
Lining up at the bar to order, you can check out all the new drinks on the menu. The exclusive ones are rather expensive. Some new featured drinks cost up to 1000 Yen. Is it worth the try? Be sure to know your preferred roast before you try. My pick of a Nitro-Cold brew turned out to be a medium roast Colombian coffee, which I hoped to be dark roast. I did not enjoy it as much as I would have liked my usual pick, a cappuccino, which was its usual prize at the Roastery. If you are adventurous, try the “Espresso loves Cola” or “Espresso loves Cherry Cola”, which are cola drinks mixed with espresso, lemon and spices. There are also many refreshing cocktails to choose from. Get the full coffee-cola experience on the 3rd floor at Starbucks’ own cocktail bar.
But… don’t get hung up on the merchandise
The Starbucks Roastery Reserve sells a lot of cool products, next to delicious fresh beans. Most of the cups and stationary is available in other Starbucks cafes, too. Some of the special Reserve products are a little overpriced, like the metal to-go cup for 4000 Yen. I was thinking about buying it as an omiyage from the Reserve but decided against it, regretting it a little bit after I left. Back in Okinawa, I realized that many of the Reserve products I was looking at in Tokyo are available in other Starbucks Cafes as well.
Last but not least: Know how to get here…
When visiting the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, make sure to conduct a plan on how to get there and how to move on to your next sightseeing location. Even though this cafe is Shibuya, it’s actually a 30 minute walk away from the busy JR station. The closest train connection to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery is either the metro station Naka-Meguro or the Subway station Ikejiri-ohashi, which are both at least 10-15 minutes of walk away. The Reserve is located in a quiet neighbourhood which is probably the reason why it is not as busy as you would imagine the largest Starbucks in the world to be.
Unless you have a car or go by taxi, it is a bit of a trip to get here. There is not much parking in the area either. My tip is: plan a whole morning at the Reserve. Take public transportation to Meguro City and walk the rest of the way. When you get to Starbucks, order a coffee, enjoy the experience and even have a light lunch here. From one of the metro or subway stations, connect back to the major JR lines if you desire to continue your sightseeing downtown.
The trip to the Starbucks Roastery Reserve was one of my favourites in the city and I hope it will be yours as well. Go check it out, take lots of pictures and splurge a little. Who knows when you get the chance to visit the largest Starbucks in the world again.
Address: 2 Chome-19-23 Aobadai, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0042
Business hours: Every day, 7am to 11pm